Overview

The UNDRR Regional Office for Arab States (ROAS) was established in 2007 to support the Arab States and communities build their resilience to disasters. Covering 22 Arab countries, ROAS aims to support in the development of disaster risk reduction (DRR) policies and actions. The Regional Office provides support and assistance in monitoring and tracking achievements towards the implementation of the Sendai Framework, the Arab Strategy for DRR 2030, and the development of national and local DRR strategies. 

ROAS coordinates and builds partnerships for DRR with key regional intergovernmental organizations including the League of Arab States and its technical regional organizations. The office encourages coordination and building innovative partnerships at the regional level with civil society networks, expert technical groups, private sector, media, and UN and international organizations to shape awareness and knowledge of contextual risks and to build risk-informed sustainable development.

UNDRR’s regional efforts help to improve the relevance and understanding of DRR in the region and promote the integration of risk reduction in regional and national policies and plans such as on climate change adaptation, sustainable development, urban development, and city planning.

Cities becoming more resilient in Arab States

 

 

These statistics show live data about municipalities in this region that have joined the Making Cities Resilient 2030 initiative. The villages, towns, and cities have made a commitment to move along the resilience roadmap to better protect their citizens.

 

 

Contact us

UNDRR Regional Office for Arab States
14 Road 280, Off Laselky Street, Corner of Mashreq Bank
New Maadi, Cairo, Egypt 

Email: undrr-arabstates@un.org
Phone: +2 (02) 25229166
Fax: +2 (02) 25164918

Countries

Country Sendai Focal Point National Platform Country profile on PreventionWeb
Algeria Delegation Nationale aux Risques Majeurs, Ministère de l'Intérieur et des Collectivités Locales, Ministry of Interior Local Collectivities and land Management COUNTRY PROFILE
Bahrain COUNTRY PROFILE
Comoros Centre National de Documentation et de Recherche Scientifique, Observatoire Volcanologique du Karthala COUNTRY PROFILE
Djibouti Ministère de l'Intérieur (Djibouti) COUNTRY PROFILE
Egypt Cabinet Information and Decision Support Center, Crisis Mangement and DRR Sector COUNTRY PROFILE
Iraq Ministry of Environment (Iraq) COUNTRY PROFILE
Jordan Supreme Council of Civil Defence, General Directorate of Civil Defence Disaster Management, National Center for Security and Crisis Management, General Directorate of Jordan Civil Defence COUNTRY PROFILE
Kuwait Kuwait Fire Service Directorate COUNTRY PROFILE
Lebanon Presidency of the Council of Ministers (Lebanon) COUNTRY PROFILE
Libya COUNTRY PROFILE
Mauritania Ministèr de L'Environnement et du Développement Durable , Ministèr de L'Environnement et du Développement Durable Mauritania National Platform COUNTRY PROFILE
Morocco Ministry Delegate to the Head of Government Responsible for General Affairs and Governance, Ministry Delegate to the Head of Government Responsible for General Affairs and Governance, Ministry of Interior, Ministère de l'Intérieur COUNTRY PROFILE
Oman Ministry of Environment & Climate Affairs, Ministry of Environment & Climate Affairs COUNTRY PROFILE
Qatar The Permenant Committee of Emergency, The Permenant Committee of Emergency, Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Interior, The Permenant Committee of Emergency COUNTRY PROFILE
Saudi Arabia civil defense - civilian protection- emergency planning COUNTRY PROFILE
Somalia Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management COUNTRY PROFILE
Sudan Humanitarian Aid Commission- Early Warning Center, National Council of Civil Defence COUNTRY PROFILE
Syrian Arab Republic COUNTRY PROFILE
Tunisia Ministère de l'Environnement et du Développement Durable, Ministry of Local Affairs and the Environment COUNTRY PROFILE
United Arab Emirates National Emergency and Crisis Management Authority COUNTRY PROFILE
Yemen Environment protection Authority COUNTRY PROFILE

News and events

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Registration for the much-anticipated Asia-Pacific Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (APMCDRR) 2022 is now open.
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On 28 February 2022, the official handover ceremony for the Africa Multi-hazard Early Warning and Early Action System (AMHEWAS) Situation Room for Disaster Risk Reduction took place
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UNDRR accompanied an Italian delegation led by the Director Mr. Luca Maestripieri from the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation (AICS).
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Image of the disaster caused by typhoon Rolly and Ulysses in Catanduanes Bicol November 2020
Since 2013, a close partnership between humanitarian organizations and the government has been critical to strengthening the Philippines’s disaster risk reduction and management.
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Turkmenistan IWG for DRR
With the support of the European Union, the Government of Turkmenistan and the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) convened a high-level meeting with the members of the newly established Interagency Working Group for Disaster Risk Reduction.
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A makeshift refugee camp under construction after forest coverage was cleared at Ukhiya, Cox’s Bazar.
In Bangladesh, Rohingya refugees are playing an important role in reforestation efforts to protect the campsites from the risk of landslides, flash floods, and higher temperatures, which can worsen humanitarian crises.
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Street view of Coron, Philippines (2014)
More than 200 Filipino professionals have attended disaster management trainings in Japan, providing an opportunity to the Philippines’ Office of Civil Defense to learn from Japan’s experiences, technology and innovation.
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Dili, Timor-Leste inundated with flood waters following Cyclone Seroja
Floods of 2021 in Timor-Leste presented opportunities to build back better in recovery efforts thanks to international support from countries like Australia.
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An Asian man draws a plan for the development of a sustainable city.
On 19 January, the International Recovery Forum 2022 concluded with a strong call to prioritize preparedness for recovery and invest in resilience before a disaster strikes.
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The Asia-Pacific Partnership for Disaster Risk Reduction (APP-DRR) Forum concluded with a strong commitment to accelerate the implementation of the Sendai Framework by leveraging upcoming opportunities and with a confirmation of the dates for the 2022 Asia-Pacific Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, which will be hosted by Australia in the city of Brisbane.
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Publications

This disaster preparedness guide provides general information to help general public prepare for natural disasters, such as earthquakes, tsunamis, land slides, storms, floods and fires. The booklet gives a brief orientation on what to do before, during

This document reports on the workshop titled 'Is your City Ready?' held on February 7th 2012 at An-Najah National University and organized as part of a series of programs that aim to raise the public awareness regarding disaster risk reduction and build a

This policy brief, issued while Governments discuss how to adapt to climate change in Durban, reflects that African countries are committed and investing funds to reduce risk to floods and droughts, albeit too little and still insufficiently in

This report addresses drought, which is considered the major disaster occurring in the Arab region, where the total people affected between the years 1970-2009 by drought is of about 38.09 million. The report focuses on Syria, considered one of the most

This monthly newsletter aims to highlight UNISDR activities around the world. This issue reports on: (i) the new global risk model planned by UNISDR and partners; (ii) Myanmar commitment to the Hyogo Framework for Action; (iii) Turkish quake highlighting

This study aims to analyse climate related disasters risk reduction governance in the European context. There is a particular focus on the flow of information from researchers to policy makers and the way in which the decision-making process in climate

This is the 2nd edition of the Disaster Risk Management Program for Priority Countries, originally published by GFDRR in 2009. It now includes the country programmes missing in the first edition (Burkina Faso, Malawi, Mali, Senegal, and Philippines, as

This inventory is an attempt to pull together the threads and to identify what does and what does not work in relation to legal, institutional and planning frameworks for disaster risk reduction (DRR) in Africa. It aims to further support the

The League of Arab States developed the Arab Strategy for Disaster Risk Reduction 2020 (ASDRR), which was adopted by the Council of Arab Ministers Responsible for the Environment in its 22nd session, held in Cairo on 19 December 2010.

This document is the report of a workshop where participants representing local authorities, researchers, academic experts, international and regional organizations discussed regional priorities and challenges with respect to urban risk reduction as well

Activities

Arab Partnership Meeting for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR)

Following the Sendai Framework guidance, the UNDRR Regional Office for Arab States (ROAS) has been organizing coordination meetings to accelerate the implementation of the Sendai Framework in the region. The most recent declaration, the Rabat Declaration for Disaster Risk Reduction in 2021, which was adopted along with several stakeholder groups’ voluntary action statements during the Arab Regional Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction in 2021, came out as the result of a series of successful coordination meetings ahead of the Regional Platform. Since 2017, the bi-annual Arab Partnership for DRR meetings create a forum for technical and operational deliberation on the progress, challenges, gaps, and solutions in the implementation of the Sendai Framework in the region. These periodic discussions intend to inform the deliberations of the Arab Regional Platform conferences.

The last partnership meeting, held in Bali, Indonesia in May 2022, on the sidelines of the Seventh Session of the Global Platform (GP2022), provided a unique and timely opportunity to showcase the importance of international solidarity and cooperation, address the Midterm Review (MTR) of the Sendai Framework stock take, identify emerging issues, uncover context shifts, and build coherence with other frameworks, to better address the systemic nature of risk. The meeting explored how to strengthen disaster risk governance and how to build stronger systems for managing all types of risks.

Making Cities Resilient Campaign

The "Making Cities Resilient" campaign aims to improve local resilience through advocacy, sharing knowledge and experiences, establishing mutually reinforcing city-to-city learning networks, injecting technical expertise, connecting multiple layers of government, and building partnerships.

The UNDRR’s ROAS works closely with local and national governments, international, regional, and civil society organizations, donors, the private sector, academia, and professional associations as well as every citizen encouraging them to join the journey of reducing disaster risk and building resilience, to achieve the ultimate goal of MCR2030 that is to ensure cities become inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable by 2030.

The Regional Assessment Report on DRR in the Arab Region (RAR-Arab States)

The Regional Assessment Report offers an update on progress made in implementing the Sendai Framework’s goals, targets, and priorities while identifying entry points for improving coherence with climate change adaptation, poverty reduction, and sustainable development. It also provides an analysis of region-specific systemic risk drivers, including a contextualized discussion on vulnerability, rapid urbanization, conflict, and food security.

The Arab region is fast approaching the point where it may not be able to mitigate impacts from realized cascading and systemic risk, including the COVID-19 pandemic, superimposed on climate change, conflict, water scarcity, non-sustainable production and consumption patterns, and social vulnerability.

The RAR-Arab States highlights the risk scenario, drivers, and trends and how to adopt approaches based on broad participation and partnerships and to address underlying drivers of risk, such as declining ecosystems, vulnerable rural livelihoods, and badly planned and managed urban development. The RAR-Arab States also highlights the importance of investing in disaster risk reduction and the need to take risk-informed decisions for sustainable development. It helps the national governments, civil society, and other stakeholders through providing strategic policy advices on how to address these challenges.

Sendai Framework Monitoring and DesInventar Sendai

The Sendai Framework Monitor (SFM) functions as a management tool to help countries develop disaster risk reduction strategies, make risk-informed policy decisions, and contribute to Target E of the Sendai Framework related to the development of actionable national and local disaster risk reduction strategies by 2020. A set of 38 indicators, recommended by an Open-ended Intergovernmental Expert Working Group (OIEWG), tracks progress in implementing the seven targets of Sendai Framework as well as its related dimensions reflected in the Sustainable Development Goals 1, 11, and 13.

DesInventar Sendai implements all the Indicators and data required for the Monitoring of Targets A to D of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, which correspond to parallel Sustainable Development Goals (SDG's) indicators from Goals 1, 11, and 13. Among many other new features, it also allows for the definition and use of Sendai Framework metadata to describe several indicators and allow finer disaggregation of data.

International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction (IDDRR)

UNDRR ROAS celebrates the IDDRR every year by organizing special panels and events on the regional level, bringing together disaster risk reduction stakeholders to discuss and explore collaborations, challenges, and steps forward towards the implementation of the Sendai Framework, the Arab Strategy for DRR 2030, and the development of national and local DRR strategies.

World Tsunami Day

The UNDRR ROAS commemorates World Tsunami Day by launching social media campaigns to raise awareness of the importance of having plans and policies in place to reduce tsunami impacts and scaling up international cooperation with developing countries, which lead to building more resilience and protecting populations at risk.